Jessica Fino 9 May 2018 11:09am

Drink-driving accountant dodges jail after crash

Paulina Gancarz avoided jail after crashing her car while drunk in Cheshire, on the day she was due to appear in court for another drink-drive charge

Gancarz, who was three times over the legal alcohol limit after the crash, told the court she was trying to escape her mother who had been putting pressure on her because she did not approve of Gancarz’s divorce.

Last month, Gancarz was caught slumped over the steering wheel in her car after drinking wine, and a breath test found she was five times over the legal alcohol limit.

She told the court that this first offence happened after she decided to run away from her mother and sleep inside the car with a bottle of wine.

On the day she was due to appear in court because of this offense, she crashed her car near her flat.

At Stockport magistrates’ court, the accountant admitted drink-driving and failing to provide a breath specimen as she had refused to return to the police station for further testing after the initial offence.

The accountant, who has a seven-year-old daughter, is currently in the middle of a divorce battle that has cost her £65,000 in lawyers’ fees.

According to Metro, the court said Gancarz suffered depression and anxiety, and her lawyer said she was “extremely remorseful” and “vulnerable”.

Gancarz, who has her own accountancy firm in Cheshire, was banned from driving for three years and ordered to do 60 hours unpaid work, complete a drink-driver awareness course and pay £170 court costs.